October 28, 1942

A letter from Magda Coljee, detailing Kees van Meteren’s attempts to claim Rosie’s money and property

Dear Lya,

About half an hour after your arrest, Kees came home. The first thing he said to me was: “Am I too late?” or words to that effect. We told him you had been arrested by the police. He went to the police station immediately. When he came back he said that the police had told him that I had told the police that he had betrayed the Glacér ladies. Furthermore, he said that he wasn’t in Amsterdam on Sunday but in Hooghalen near Camp Westerbork. Kees then insisted we give him the strong box with the money you left behind. The next day he wanted to sell the goods you didn’t take with you. We refused and kept everything. He told us that he had power of attorney from you to administer your money and property. He also said that he had run up expenses, among other things for the trip to Hooghalen and for a couple of suitcases with underwear he had delivered to the camp. He showed us a piece of paper with your authorization, signed Rosie Glacér. We ignored this too. Then he threatened to go to the Sicherheitsdienst if we didn’t hand it over. I asked him for time to think about it. And the next day I told him to do whatever he had to do. Can you tell me soon whether we should retain your money and belongings or give them to Kees?

Warm regards,
Magda Coljee